TCPA welcomes Heseltine's call for national strategic vision

TCPA calls for strategic housing
Published on Wednesday, 31 October 2012 12:29
Posted by Scott Buckler

Leading housing and planning charity, the Town and Country Planning Association (TCPA)has today welcomed the comments made by Lord Heseltine on the publication of his Review, 'No stone unturned in pursuit of growth'

Calling for a long-term industrial strategy, Heseltine said he does not "believe the current structures do enough to enable the government to work together coherently to drive through the change required".

He also added: "I reject the notion that regulation in itself hinders growth. Good, well-designed regulation can stop the abuse of market power and improve the way markets work to the benefit of business employees and consumers."

The Heseltine Review includes 89 recommendations to promote growth across the country, including the major restructuring of local government and handing £58bn of Whitehall cash to city-based engines of growth, co-ordinated by businesses and local councils.

Commenting on the Review, Kate Henderson, TCPA Chief Executive said:

'No stone unturned in pursuit of growth' powerfully reinforces the point made in the TCPA's report 'The Lie of the Land!' about the absence of a national strategic future for England.   It highlights the need for regional intervention and the role of smart regulation in coordinating growth.  It also identifies the urgent need to consider how England is politically organised to deal with the challenges of the 21st century."

"However, the remit of the report is focused solely on the economic geography of England. 'The Lie of Land!' made clear the need to think about the environmental and social geography of the nation as well. The Heseltine Review also underplays the longstanding problem of public consent and legitimacy.   Giving more power to Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) might result in better conditions for economic development, but LEPs are unaccountable bodies and giving them more power risks undermining public legitimacy.    In welcoming the report the TCPA is clear that Government needs to go much further in creating new national and regionally-based institutions to deal with economic and environmental change – with democratic accountability at their heart."

Source: ©TCPA

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